Spring has sprung, and for many with a green thumb, now is the time to start planning your
With April being National Gardening Month, now more than ever is the perfect time to find ways to continue completing that hobby you love without harming your joints and body!
If you are currently living with arthritis pain, you might find yourself questioning whether or not you should sit this season out. However, with the right preparation and creativity, gardening can still be the mental and physical therapy you always enjoyed!
By recognizing the limitations you may now have but planning a new way to approach them, you can get out there, get your hands in the dirt, and let that garden grow.
5 Tips to Grow a Garden When Living With Arthritis
1. Focus on Your Posture
The first thing to keep in mind is to keep moving when you can. Changing your position often
can help prevent stiffness and when you are sitting, practicing perfect posture. Always be sure
to avoid slouching or hunching over. Carry things as close to your body as you can and hold
and lift objects with your entire hand relying on the palms more than your fingers.
2. Prepare Your Tool Kit
There is plenty of knee and hand-friendly tools that can help ease the pain. Bending can put a
lot of pressure on your joints, so try to find ways to minimize it when possible. Consider buying a
pad for your knees, or a seat or wagon specifically made to let you sit and move around with
ease. Look for tools with extra-large handles or extensions to reduce bending.
3. Stay Hydrated
On warm sunny days, the more you hydrate, the better. It will provide your joints with the fluid
they need to move freely and can help reduce flare-ups and your chance of dehydration. Be
sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after you garden.
4. Listen to Your Body
If you are starting to feel stiff, achy, or tired, take a break. Remember to focus on creating small
tasks and doing a bit of work each day. Overdoing it or pushing your body past its limit will leave
you in pain and unable to finish the job the next day.
5. Check With Your Doctor
If you are following routine care and therapy that your doctor suggests, along with the above
tips, you should be able to get your garden going in no time. If you are worried or concerned in
any way about gardening causing flare-ups or worsening your pain, feel free to talk to your
doctor about your concerns. They will better assist your situation and offer tips to ensure you
don’t cause further pain or issues down the road.
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